10 Must See Filmsby ian-g-barnett | created - 27 Jan 2013 | updated - 27 Jan 2013 | Public
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1. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,311,221 | Gross: $134.97M
Arguably the greatest film of all-time. Coppola did everything right in this movie. No movie that I have ever seen pays more attention to detail than does the Godfather. The cannolis, the train in the background during the Italian restaurant scene, the clothing, and every other single element. Each character is a study, and watching the growth of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is profound.
2. On the Waterfront (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Votes: 115,094 | Gross: $9.60M
My favorite film of all-time. A down and outter who, against all odds and advice from friends, stands up to the crooked and powerful union busters who strive to get rich at the expense of the poor during the Great Depression. There never has been a scene, and there never will be a scene, as good as the taxi cab scene.
"You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley."
3. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.
Votes: 15,654 | Gross: $81.64M
Warren Beatty is phenomenal. This is a comedy, drama, and romance all in one. I haven't been more positively surprised by a movie than this one. Highly underrated.
4. Witness (1985)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.
Votes: 73,114 | Gross: $68.71M
Maybe the most underrated film ever. Lots of lessons to learn from this movie. I never miss an opportunity to re-watch it.
"4:30, time for milking."
5. Blazing Saddles (1974)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Western
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
Votes: 107,708 | Gross: $119.50M
If you take your eyes off the screen for just a second, you'll miss a joke. The entire screenplay is mangled with them. The best comedy film of all-time. If you were offended by the racial slurs in Django Unchained, Blazing Saddles is triple offensive. The jail cell scene with Gene Wilder and the new sheriff is some of the best comedy ever written.
6. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,498,872 | Gross: $107.93M
Introducing: Quentin Tarantino. Dialogue driven. An intense and intelligent action-packed movie and one of my favorites. Tarantino will likely never be able to make a movie better than this one.
7. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 164 min | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Votes: 246,766 | Gross: $5.32M
I'm an avid fan of the western genre and have scene every noteworthy western film. This film tops the genre. When discussion of the greatest opening scenes of a movie come up, Once Upon A Time in the West should never be left out because, well, its the greatest opening scene of a movie ever.
8. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 580,222 | Gross: $28.26M
The film that made Robert De Niro a star. Violent, shocking, and exciting. The final scene is of the most famous scenes to date, as it should be. This movie is a blueprint for all other character study films that precede it. You'll hardly recognize 12 year old Jodie Foster in her role as a prostitute.
9. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 261,539 | Gross: $48.98M
The best Vietnam-era war film. Christopher Walken, as well as the film and its director, Won an Oscar. The Russian roulette scenes, the final one in particular, are remarkable. Christopher Walken's best film.
10. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy
The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.
Votes: 312,728 | Gross: $127.18M
I haven't met one person who doesn't absolutely love this movie. Most people have memorized the script word for word.